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Children's Hospice South West

Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) is a registered charity that provides palliative, respite, end of life and bereavement care for life-limited and terminally ill children and their families from the South West England region. It oversees three of the 41 children's hospices in the United Kingdom.

History

CHSW was founded by Jill and Eddie Farwell in 1991, after spending many years travelling to Helen & Douglas House in Oxford with their own two life limited children. Following a feasibility study, they raised funds and Little Bridge House at Fremington near Barnstaple in North Devon opened in 1995, and instantly provided support for up to 200 families in the South West with life limited children.

The second hospice, Charlton Farm at Wraxall, North Somerset near Bristol, opened its doors to the first families in April 2007.

The third hospice, Little Harbour, opened at Porthpean, St Austell, Cornwall in 2011. It offers a more local service to families from Cornwall and Plymouth. Children's Hospice South West's £5million Precious Lives Appeal was set up to fund the building of this third hospice.